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The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

The University of Vermont's Independent Voice Since 1883

The Vermont Cynic

Finding intimacy after a year of disconnection

Finding intimacy after a year of disconnection

Eamon Dunn, Culture Staff Writer October 7, 2021

If you found love during the pandemic, I’m happy for you, but please block me on social media. Giving up on love seemed acceptable in the midst of a pandemic. On top of restricted interactions and...

Students rush past Royall Tyler Theatre on their way to class. UVM has recently fallen behind other school in relation to its retention rate, which is 86.6 percent, between a classs first and second fall semesters.

Theater groups return to the stage after hiatus

Natalia Stamatatos, Culture Staff Writer October 6, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic halted artists’ ability to practice and perform, but student theater groups are making a comeback this fall. In 2019, the University Players split into two groups: the original...

Eight phones sit on a table open to Yik Yak Oct. 3.

Yik Yak is back

Avery Delisle, Culture Staff Writer October 5, 2021

Seemingly overnight, the once popular social media app Yik Yak came roaring back to life.  Popular in early 2014 — in the era of mustaches, washi tape and Vine — Yik Yak was among one of the more...

A sign reminds students to put their masks on before they enter Aug. 28.

Despite University-wide mask policy, RAs not required to enforce masks in dorms

Ella Ruehsen , News and Sports Editor August 30, 2021

Residential Advisors are no longer tasked with enforcing masking despite UVM’s indoor mask policy, said Gary Derr, VP of operations and public safety.  Last year, RAs enforced the Green and Gold...

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Natural hair and body expo promotes community and Black business

Quinn Johnson, Culture Staff Writer April 20, 2021

Gold balloons spelling out “WOCC” bobbed around in the hallway leading into the Davis Center’s Grand Maple Ballroom, opening into a room full of joyful celebration.  UVM's Women of Color Coalition...

Freshman Elene Karlberg, known as UVM Condom Kid, poses surrounded by over 100 Trojan condoms March 31.

‘UVM Condom Kid’ brings peer-to-peer sex education to campus

Willow Scherwinski, Culture Staff Writer April 7, 2021

Despite the misconnection that has ensued from the global pandemic, people are still driven by their primal behavior.  First-year Elene Karlberg recognized this during her time in the dorms this year...

UVM Senior Kellyn Doerr and her boyfriend Wallace Burgess, recent Syracuse University graduate, stand in front of American Flatbread March 27. Doerr and Burgess met during the pandemic through Tinder.

A look at dating culture in COVID-19

Kellyn Doerr, Culture Staff Writer April 2, 2021

I met the love of my life during a global pandemic.  My boyfriend and I met on Tinder. An app I used to love to make fun of and “swipe” on cute guys with my roommates.  We hit it off immediately...

Students lament live at Lonely Hearts Club variety show

Students lament live at ‘Lonely Hearts Club’ variety show

Willow Scherwinski, Culture Staff Writer March 21, 2021

Echoing through the first floor of the Davis Center were sounds of students eagerly showcasing their talents for an audience just excited to be at a live show.  On Friday, March 12 UVM Program Board...

Sustainability students denied housing requests

Sustainability students denied housing requests

Kate Germain, Culture Staff March 18, 2021

As the weather warms and UVM students make their plans for Fall 2021 housing, Sustainability students grapple with major changes in their learning community.   The UVM Department of Residential Life’s...

Senior Eddie Travieso holds up his fist in Fruition’s Black Lives Matter bomber jacket Feb. 27.

From the Bronx to Burlington: BSU lights up the stage with ‘In the Streets’

Sophia Venturo, Culture Editor March 10, 2021

Members of the UVM BIPOC community took to the catwalk to celebrate Black history and creativity. The Black Student Union hosted their annual fashion show on Feb. 27 in the Davis Center’s Grand Maple...

UVM First-year Jack Olender sits in the Davis Center and checks his Marriage Pact status March 5.

‘Marriage Pact’ algorithm pairs students with their ‘perfect match’

Willow Scherwinski, Culture Staff Writer March 9, 2021

During this year of misconnection amidst isolation and COVID-19, UVM students jumped at the opportunity to meet someone new. The Marriage Pact, brought to campus by the well-known UVM Missed Connections...

UVM Senior and President of the Womxn of Color Coalition Shania Benjamin stands behind a table for the coalition on the third floor of the Davis Center Feb. 24.

Davis Center Blackout Celebrates All Things Black

Laura Clifford, Culture Staff Writer March 1, 2021

Adorned in museum-like cultural exhibits and performances, the Davis Center transformed into a rich celebration of Black History Month. On the night of Feb. 24, Campus Programs, Black Student Union,...

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